Belgian Grand Prix organisers fire warning at fans

Formula 1 is trying to clamp down on abuse and misconduct from spectators at racetracks.

The Spa Francorchamps Circuit has laid down the law on fans attending the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August.

In recent weeks, there have been multiple instances of appalling behaviour from spectators attending races, and even people working at the event allegedly partaking in misconduct.

In Silverstone, two men ended up in hospital with serious injuries after a brawl broke out, while other fans booed Max Verstappen, last year’s title rival of Sir Lewis Hamilton.

The Austrian Grand Prix saw multiple reports of discrimination and harassment take place, as well as the burning of merchandise, with a cult mentality starting to take control of fans entering the premises following months of social media petulance from fanbases.

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More merch was burned in Budapest, while photographer Mark Thompson was allegedly struck in the face by a security officer.

The Hungaroring recently told that police are currently dealing with the matter.

Ahead of the race in Spa on 26-28 August, Spa posted a series of images on Instagram depicting what fans must not do when they arrive at the circuit.

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“Act with respect, no glass, no smoke or rockets, no weapons, no alcohol, use four feet [referring to a prohibition of bikes], No pets (except assistance and Roscoe), no barbecues, no drones.”

Further, in light of people taking signs away from racetracks lately, they told fans “don’t steal signs – we see you.”

In the caption of the post, they stated the necessity for the fans to behave appropriately at the racetrack.

“You are the key to a successful Grand Prix!” they added.

“Just follow the rules and have fun doing it.”

They reiterated: “Have respect for everyone! Don’t bring glass, alcohol, smoke, drones, weapons…

“Bikes are not allowed inside the circuit, park your bike at the Blanchimont entrance.”

Formula 1 has recently released a campaign, with the cooperation of the teams and the FIA, to encourage fans to report any abuse or misconduct they see or hear at races.